slice-file

stream file slices by line number indexes

npm install slice-file
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slice-file

stream file slices by line number indexes

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example

positive slice

var sf = require('slice-file');
var words = sf('/usr/share/dict/words');
words.slice(22398,22408).pipe(process.stdout);
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tail

var sf = require('slice-file');
var xs = sf('/usr/share/dict/words');
xs.slice(-10).pipe(process.stdout);
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follow

Like tail -f, slice-file can stream updates after the initial slice.

var sf = require('slice-file');
var xs = sf('/var/mail/' + process.env.USER);
xs.follow(-10).pipe(process.stdout);

at first the previous 10 lines will render:

$ node example/mail.js 
    id A2181740063; Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:08:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: beep boop
To: <substack@beep>
X-Mailer: mail (GNU Mailutils 2.2)
Message-Id: <20130412100830.A2181740063@beep>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:08:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: substack@beep

oh hello

then if a message is sent:

$ echo ahoy thar | mail -s 'oy' substack

we see more data from the file:

From substack@beep  Fri Apr 12 03:09:13 2013
Return-Path: <substack@beep>
X-Original-To: substack@beep
Delivered-To: substack@beep
Received: by beep (Postfix, from userid 1000)
    id 5E0C7740063; Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:09:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: oy
To: <substack@beep>
X-Mailer: mail (GNU Mailutils 2.2)
Message-Id: <20130412100913.5E0C7740063@beep>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:09:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: substack@beep

ahoy thar

reverse

You can also slice in reverse order, which is more efficient for negative-indexed slices because the lines don't need to be buffered:

var sf = require('slice-file');
var xs = sf('/usr/share/dict/words');
xs.sliceReverse(-10).pipe(process.stdout);
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methods

var sf = require('slice-file')

var xs = sf(filename, opts={})

Create a slice-file instance xs from a filename and some options opts.

These opts are passed to fs.open():

  • opts.flags - string flags to open the file with, default "r"
  • opts.mode - mask to open the file with, default 0666

If you already have a file descriptor open you can pass opts.fd to skip calling fs.open().

Use opts.bufsize to set how much data to read in each chunk. Default 4096.

var stream = xs.slice(i, j, cb)

Return a readable stream that emits each line between line numbers [i,j) exactly like Array.prototype.slice(). Each line data buffer includes a trailing "\n" except for the last line if there is no trailing newline before the EOF.

Just like Array.prototype.slice(), i and j may be negative.

If cb(err, lines) is given, the lines will be buffered into lines.

var stream = xs.sliceReverse(i, j, cb)

Return a readable stream that emits each line between line numbers [i,j) just like .slice() but in reverse order. This is more efficient for negative-indexed slices because the lines don't need to be buffered.

If cb(err, lines) is given, the lines will be buffered into lines.

var stream = xs.follow(i, j)

Return a readable stream of lines like xs.slice(), but instead of ending when the end of the file is reached, watch the file and stream new lines appended to the end of the file.

This feature takes its name from tail -f.

xs.close()

Close the underlying file descriptor, stop any streams, and stop any file watchers.

install

With npm do:

npm install slice-file

license

MIT

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